This is not my typical post but with you being my wonderful, supportive and oh-so-kind blog friends, I just wanted to share.
I've discovered something. I've known it off and on, but as I get older I REALLY have realized how taking care of myself directly results in how productive I am. Productive as an artist, wife, mom, housekeeper ~ boy, I could go on and on!
As women, we are caretakers. We care for our families, our friends and typically put ourselves last. Usually resulting in eating on the run, not getting enough sleep and basically not caring for "us" until everyone else is taken care of.
My message for you today is to stop. Take care of YOU. Be conscious of what you're eating, how much you're resting and that you do allow some down time just for you. Now, I'm not saying to be selfish. But think about it. If we are eating healthy, resting properly and feeling good ourselves ~ we are better equipped to take care of our husbands, children, parents and friends!
What's happened this last week was . . . I actually LOST four pounds! What?? I know it's not much. But I feel just a tad better and I just can't believe it! My blood pressure is high and my prescription ran out a few weeks ago. Well, my pharmacist called my doctor to refill it for just the month of December and told them that I would return to visit them in January. Well, they said "No".
It made me SO mad. I know I'm overweight, was eating terribly and basically causing most of the health problems myself. Well my anger has encouraged me to research high blood pressure and natural ways to lower it. I've purchased some great women's multi-vitamins, an herbal supplement Hawthorne, fish oil capsules and have drastically changed my diet to lean meats, green vegetables, fruits and TONS of water. Now I'm not recommending for you to do this, by no means. But for me, at almost 46 years old, I know that it is a must-do thing now or my weight will continue to cause me more health problems.
SO . . .
My point is after all this long-winded stuff is that my energy level has already increased!! I'm just amazed at how what you put in your mouth so totally affects how you feel and how much you can get accomplished in one day! I do hope to become more and more creative as the days pass. I have so many ideas in my head but just need to feel good to make it all happen!!
Thank you all so very much for ALL of your sweet words and support about my blog being creative. You just don't know how much you all have encouraged and lifted me up. You have made me WANT to be creative. And I thank you for that.
What an incredible group of women you all are and just remember, this holiday season and into the new year, please take care of yourselves so you can enjoy what you have been blessed with, be more creative and productive, and will feel like taking care of others.
much love to you all, Dawn